3 Frogs on Earl Campbell Award Watch List
Aug. 15, 2017
TYLER, Texas -- TCU running back Kyle Hicks, quarterback Kenny Hill and wide receiver/return specialist KaVontae Turpin appear on the watch list for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
TCU's three selections tie for the most in the nation.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award is presented to a player who was either born in Texas, graduated from a state high school or plays at a Texas-based University. Former TCU quarterback and now Seattle Seahawk Trevone Boykin was the 2014 recipient.
Hicks is one of only two returning players (Ito Smith, Southern Miss) nationally this season with over 1,000 yards rushing (1,042) and 400 receiving (417). He was also one of just three players in the country last year to top his team in rushing and receiving (47 catches). The senior from Arlington, Texas, became the first Horned Frog since Basil Mitchell in 1996 to lead TCU in both categories.
Hicks topped the 100-yard mark in four games. His 47 receptions were the most by a TCU running back in 23 years (47, John Oglesby, 1993).
Hill posted three of the top nine single-game passing yard totals in TCU history last season. The senior from Southlake, Texas, is tied for second nationally among active players with five career 400-yard games. His 3,208 passing yards and 3,817 in total offense last year placed third for a season all-time at TCU, behind only Boykin in the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. Hill’s 269 completions ranked second behind Boykin (301, 2014).
Hill placed second on TCU in rushing with 609 yards on a 4.9 per carry average and 10 touchdowns, which tied for 10th nationally among quarterbacks. He had a carry of at least 40 yards in four of the last five games.
Turpin was selected as the return specialist on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. He has received All-Big 12 recognition each of the last two seasons. He was a two-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week in 2016. He averaged 28.4 yards per kickoff return and 12.5 on punt returns. He also averaged 14.9 yards per touch.
A junior from Monroe, La., Turpin was leading the nation in all-purpose yards per game last season before being sidelined by injury. He had a career-high 295 all-purpose yards against Arkansas. He had 30 receptions for 295 yards and a touchdown last season while adding 84 yards rushing on nine carries.
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